Oxon sees rural crime costs rise

Oxfordshire has seen an increase in the cost of rural crime
Oxfordshire has seen an increase in the cost of rural crime

Rural crime costs in Oxfordshire have shown an increase of 16 per cent according to the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report.

The report, which analyses the rural insurance firm’s annual claims data to assess the state of crime in rural communities, has shown in the county, rural crime cost the UK £735,000 in 2015.

Nationally the cost of rural crime has reached £42.5 million, an increase of 0.4 per cent.

The most common items stolen in the Oxfordshire area are tools from farms and businesses, garden equipment and quad bikes.

Thames Valley Police said the force had seen an increase of 21 per cent in the reporting of rural crime in 2015 but this showed the public had increased confidence its local neighbourhood police teams.

The force said: “The report highlights the importance of policing in rural communities, which presents its own unique challenges, and we will continue to work hard with communities and partners to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Thames Valley.

“So far this year, we have seen an 18 per cent reduction in the number of recorded rural crimes when compared to the same period last year, demonstrating the progress our rural crime teams and rural crime special constables have made with their numerous targeted operations.

“Rural crime remains a priority for the police and the police and crime commissioner and we understand the impact rural crime has on our communities and the livelihood of those affected.”